SSPS:AT/CORE

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General Information

For general information about assistive technology laws and guidelines including personally owned equipment, integration of assistive technology into the T/IEP, assistive technology and the Matrix of Services, and much more visit the Assistive Technology wiki.

Assistive Technology/CORE Team Information

The AT/CORE Team consists of a multidisciplinary team of professionals who provide consultation and assistance for school staff serving students with low prevalence disabilities, students with significant behavioral difficulties, and for students that currently use or are being considered for assistive technology support/services. AT/CORE team also encompasses the district’s Local Assistive Technology Specialists (LATS). The LATS component of the AT/CORE team is in collaboration with the MTSS – Technology and Learning Connections


The AT/CORE team provides services for:

  • Assistive Technology Evaluations
  • Student Access Concerns
  • Behavioral Strategies
  • Classroom Management Strategies
  • Classroom Environment/Support Strategies
  • Curriculum Strategies
  • Communication Strategies
  • Functional Behavior Assessments
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Lending Library (Resources)
  • Peer Facilitation
  • Sensory Strategies
  • Social Skills Strategies
  • Teaming Strategies
  • Work Production Issues

Assistive Technology Service

If after consideration of low-tech interventions, the T/IEP team determines that the complexity of the student's needs warrant an Assistive Technology Service by the district LATS, a referral is initiated. Once the referral is received, a member of the Assistive Technology/CORE Team will conduct an observation to determine the service required. Types of services include, but are not limited to: consultation, training, coaching/modeling, and multidisciplinary team evaluation report. Following the observation, the student's case manager will receive notice of the service that will be provided, as well as next steps.

If a student has had an assistive technology service in the past (in Pasco County or elsewhere), and additional information is needed, an Assistive Technology Service Follow-Up may be requested. The follow-up may be necessary as a student’s needs or abilities change and/or new equipment or techniques are being considered.

Equipment and Resource Information

The AT/CORE Team can provide information regarding equipment and available resources. Ordering information, catalogs, and suggestions for equipment or techniques is available. Additionally, consultation with school-based teams regarding appropriate technology based on both school and/or student needs are available.

Equipment Loan

The AT/CORE Team has a variety of materials and resources to lend school-based staff. The purpose of the loan is to provide schools with the opportunity to determine the appropriateness and effectiveness of specific equipment and programs. Available equipment includes: communication devices, computer adaptations, adaptations for accessing the environment, books on a variety of topics, and adapted toys. To obtain equipment for school or individual student use, contact the AT/CORE Team at Charles S. Rushe Middle School (813) 346-1354. Several pieces of equipment may be loaned to determine which is most appropriate for your school or student's needs.

Trainings Available

Training in specific techniques or equipment is available for school staff, students and/or parents who would like additional support or assistance. Training can be scheduled for individual teachers or teams. Training can be adapted to be completed during planning times or in a “Lunch and Learn” format.

Commonly requested topics:

  • AIM
  • ASD
  • Behavior
  • Classroom organization
  • Communication
  • Curriculum Supports/Adaptations
  • Developing and Implementing Communication Supports
  • Handwriting
  • Problem Solving Communication Concerns
  • Thinking about Social Learning
  • UDL
  • Visual Supports
  • Written Production Alternatives

Referral Information

Below you may download the individual forms you will need to complete to submit a referral to the AT/CORE Team. All forms should be sent to the attention of Chris Klein at CSRMS.

AT/CORE Student Referral

AT/CORE Parent Questionnaire - Access

AT/CORE Parent Questionnaire - Behavioral

AT/CORE Parent Questionnaire - Communication

AT/CORE Parent Questionnaire - Production/Written Communication

Contact Information

  • Jeannine Welch - District Supervisor, OSSPS (813) 794-2602
  • Courtney Foulk-Webster - District Behavior Specialist (813) 346-1354
  • Nina Gregory - Parent Services/AT Resource Teacher - FDLRS (813) 794-2618
  • Heidi Finley - Speech/Language Pathologist (813) 346-1354
  • Patsy Little - Teacher of Physically Impaired (813) 794-4849
  • Linda Johnston - District Resource Teacher (813) 794-2576
  • Gina Stamper - District Behavior Specialist (813) 346-1354
  • Chris Klein - District Resource Teacher (813) 346-1354
  • Christina Torres - Speech/Language Pathologist (813) 346-1354

Helpful Websites

General Websites related to Exceptional Student Education

Florida Department of Education Link to the Florida Department of Education Website. Here you will find information on the Next Generation of Sunshine State Standards.

The Florida Response to Intervention (RtI) website The Florida Response to Intervention (RtI) website provides a central, comprehensive location for Florida-specific information and resources that promote schoolwide practices to ensure highest possible student achievement in both academic and behavioral pursuits.

Florida RtI Introductory Training Online Course Florida RtI Introductory Training Online Course is a comprehensive online introduction to RtI, designed for state and district personnel (including administrators, specialists, teachers, and student services personnel) parent organizations, and institutions of higher education.

Sites for Teachers Provides a list of educational websites rated by popularity.

Do to Learn Offers teachers and parents free educational supplies, games, resources and computer based instructional materials.

School Express – Offers free worksheets and activities for teachers.

ABC Teach 6000+ free printable pages and worksheets are available for download.

Teacher Planet Features over 350 theme-based resource pages. Complete with Lesson Plans, Worksheets, Theme Units, Free Software, Certificates, and Teacher Tools.

Kaboose Packed with 14,000 pages of kid-friendly content including: software, interactive games, crafts, holiday activities and downloads.

Widgit Free downloads, free monthly magazine, and quick links.

Starfall Interactive games, movies, and books to promote reading skills.

A to Z Teacher Stuff This site provides lesson plans, thematic units, teacher tips, discussion forums for teachers, downloadable teaching materials & eBooks, printable worksheets and blacklines, emergent reader books, themes, and more.

123 Child Hosts over 2,400 activity ideas for Early Childhood Education professionals.

Tinsnips Tinsnips is a special education resource that strives to share a variety of specialized teaching tools, techniques, worksheets, and activities with teachers of students who have autistic spectrum disorders and related developmental disabilities. Many of these activities may be appropriate for Pre-K and Kindergarten children.

Hiyah Offers free PowerPoint slide shows with real word situations, rhymes, songs and readiness activities. Students can control the software with switch or keyboard access. Materials may be downloaded or students can access online.

Literacy Access Online Site dedicated to student driven stories focusing on comprehension and vocabulary.

Preschool Printables Offers a variety of materials available for download primarily at the preschool level.

DLTK-Kids DLTK's Crafts for Kids features a variety of fun, printable children's crafts, coloring pages and more including projects for holidays, educational themes and some of our children's favorite cartoon characters.

Time for Time A resource for teachers and students to learn everything you could want to know about the concept of time.

Dade County Schools PreK ESE This site offers Boardmaker pre-made boards, as well as other links and resources. Click on the Teacher Resource Room. You must have Boardmaker software in order to download, edit or print the materials.

Kinderart A website devoted to art.

Yahoo Boardmaker Groups You must become of member of this yahoo group in order to have access to the resources and forum. You can register by going to this site.

Websites related to Autism Spectrum Disorders

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders has posted a number of resources for the public on their Web site, including: (1) Evidence-Based Practices for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders; (2) Autism Internet Modules; and (3) Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders Online Course content.

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, IncThe Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD) diligently maintains a reputation as one of the world’s largest and most experienced organizations effectively treating children with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS, and related disorders.

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities The Center for Autism & Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida is a community-based project that provides information and consultation to individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities.

The Autism Society The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism.

USF-CARD Learning Curve The USF CARD Learning Curve is an online resource that provides interesting and interactive stories, ideas, resources and materials for teachers of students with autism or a related disability.

Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with ASD This site focusing on issues and strategies for improving employment outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Autism Love to Know This site provides information on adapting materials, equipment, supplies and lessons. It discusses a variety of learning styles and how to motivate students. It also provides links to several websites for lesson plans.

The Teacher’s Corner By joining this community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members, respond to polls, upload content, play in our arcade, and access many other special features.

Positively Autism Free Resources, Lesson Plans, Teaching Materials, and more!

Autism4Teachers A website developed by a group of Central Florida teachers with a variety of instructional materials.

Autism Classroom This site provides a great deal of information on ASD, as well as podcasts and a variety of resources.

Autism Internet Modules This website offers a variety of online training modules ranging from assessing students with ASD to preparing individuals for employment.

Websites related to Behavior Supports & Interventions

The Gray Center Find resources and guidelines for developing socials stories.

Positive Interventions & Effective Strategies The Behavior Doctor is dedicated to providing strategies and solutions for behavioral challenges.

Intervention Central This site offers free tools and resources to help school staff and parents promote positive classroom behaviors and foster effective learning.

Websites related to Communication

Speaking of Speech This site is an interactive forum for speech/language pathologists and teachers to improve the communication skills or their students. Select Materials Exchange.

Hearing JourneyThe Listening Room is a steady stream of FREE activities and resources to support the development of speech, language and listening skills of children, adolescents and adult cochlear implant recipients.

Websites related to Assistive Technology

TeAchnology This site provides free and easy to use resources including lesson plans, printable worksheets, teaching tips, rubrics, and much more.

Baltimore City Public Schools This site provides information and resources related to Assistive Technology supports.

Adaptive Learning This site is hosted by Mayer-Johnson. Once registered, members have access to a variety of materials.

AAC Intervention This site provides augmentative/alternative communication intervention products & presentations created by Dr. Caroline Musselwhite & Julie Maro.

SET-BC Learning Centre The SET-BC Learning Centre provides a wealth of classroom resources and training modules on assistive technology.

Free 4 Me This site includes links to free and/or low cost programs and resources for Exceptional Student and General Education teachers. An effort has been made to locate quality educational sites that have minimal advertisements.

FDLRS TECHThe FDLRS Technology Coordinating Unit (FDLRS/TECH) provides FDLRS network technology resources. This site contains information on Universal Design, as well as AT resources for reading, writing, math, science and creativity.

Websites for Picture Resources

Pics 4 Learning A copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students, includes thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers.

WP Clipart Includes thousands of public domain images. Described as a clean and safe site for children and others to find good-quality, printable images.

Imagine Symbols Vocabulary symbols available free for download for non-commercial use.

Educational Clip Art Teachers and students can use up to 50 items in a single, non-commercial project without permission.

Pic Search Search engine for pictures and images that can be used for overlays and visual supports.

Google Select images label at the top of the page. Site blocked by School District.

Altavista Great site to locate real images.

Yahoo Select images label at the top of the page.

Websites for Handwriting and Keyboarding

The Amazing Incredible Worksheet Maker Site allows you to make free worksheets.

Handwriting for Kids Printable worksheets

Kidzone Cursive Handwriting Print cursive handwriting sheets.

Kidzone Pre-Printing Skills Practice Download printing sheets for preschool students.

Kids Fonts Download fonts for your Mac.

Handwriting without Tears Provides an overview of the Handwriting Without Tears program.

Super Kids Educational Software Review Up to date comparison of typing and handwriting programs.

Wacona Elementary School Handwriting Tutorials Site developed by a Georgia Elementary School focusing on handwriting supports.

Learning Games for Kids Online typing lessons and typing games.

Fun School Interactive typing games.

Keyboarding Provides links to sites for fun handwriting practice.

Gamequarium Provides a list and link for available keyboarding courses.